Model, Tsiolkovsky Space Craft

Soviet model makers built this spacecraft based on the designs and notes of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Late in his life, much of Tsiolkovsky's theoretical work focused on ideas about transporting humans into space on board rockets. Although this model, reflecting the scientist's ideas, grossly overestimates the living space available on board a rocket, it does convey a sophisticated understanding of the physical constraints of space travel for that time. Among Tsiolkovsky's concerns were the effects of acceleration and weightlessness on the human body.

Gift of the Tsiolkovsky Russian National Space Museum, Kaluga, Russia.

Gift of Tsiolkovsky Space Museum, Russia

Country of Origin
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Owner
Tsiolkovsky Space Museum

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight

Type
MODELS-Science Fiction

Materials
Plastic, metal, foam rubber, lacquer paints
Dimensions
Approximate: 38.1 x 137.16cm (1ft 3in. x 4ft 6in.)

Soviet model makers built this spacecraft based on the designs and notes of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Late in his life, much of Tsiolkovsky's theoretical work focused on ideas about transporting humans into space on board rockets. Although this model, reflecting the scientist's ideas, grossly overestimates the living space available on board a rocket, it does convey a sophisticated understanding of the physical constraints of space travel for that time. Among Tsiolkovsky's concerns were the effects of acceleration and weightlessness on the human body.

Gift of the Tsiolkovsky Russian National Space Museum, Kaluga, Russia.

Gift of Tsiolkovsky Space Museum, Russia

Country of Origin
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Owner
Tsiolkovsky Space Museum

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight

Type
MODELS-Science Fiction

Materials
Plastic, metal, foam rubber, lacquer paints
Dimensions
Approximate: 38.1 x 137.16cm (1ft 3in. x 4ft 6in.)

ID: A20110015000